1 In 4 Nurseries 'Doomed By New Cut In Spending'
Daily Express|November 26, 2020
One in four nurseries and childminders face going out of business because of Government cuts.
Richard Palmer

The news emerged just as the Duchess of Cambridge puts the issue of early childhood in the spotlight with a ground-breaking study.

Separate research yesterday found a quarter of nurseries and childminders say they could close within six months because of a change to the funding formula due in January.

Many have experienced a sharp fall in numbers – a fifth on average – during the pandemic because more parents have found themselves at home, off work, or worried about their children mixing.

Nurseries say it is likely to be a temporary drop and the Government has continued to fund them on their pre-Covid attendance figures. But from January 1 ministers intend to cut subsidies in line with the numbers attending.

A survey of more than 2,000 childcare providers in England conducted by the Early Years Alliance found this decision could leave a quarter of nurseries and childminders unable to survive beyond May.

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